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Community of one

Despite increasing acceptance from society, LGBTI+ people still sufer greatly from feelings of isolation. Chris O’Donnell speaks to members of the community about why loneliness is such a big part of the queer experience.

Over the past year or so, for articles in this magazine and others, have interviewed many people within the LGBTI+ communities. Time and again, during these interviews, the question of loneliness has arisen, and how it can affect LGBTI+ people with such particular acuteness. It makes me wonder, what is it that leaves queer people so vulnerable to loneliness?

“ There was no one I could talk to, and no one whom I felt would even understand me...

Loneliness has been defined as perceived social isolation and the experience of being cut off from others, along with the emotional weight that comes hand in hand with it - the sadness, the nostalgia, the feeling of being trapped within yourself. This is compounded for queer people, for whom acceptance does not always come easily. As Dr Keith Swanick, Chairperson of the Loneliness Taskforce, pointed out: “Loneliness is the most unrecognised crisis of [the older] generation.”

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In this travel-themed issue of GCN, we profile LGBT+ Irish people who have made new lives abroad and at the same time welcome the new members to our queer family who have travelled from around the globe to make Ireland their home. Inside you’ll find tips from travellers with ideas on where you could plan that next trip. With relationships with other countries forefront in our minds, we also take a look at Brexit, how it affects us currently and what it could mean for the future.